Cheap flights to Paris
There really is nowhere quite like Paris. New York may have the buzz and London may have the nightlife, but Paris has the romance, the architecture and the food. The ‘City of Light’ has long been the preferred city break destination for doe-eyed couples who come for the unrivalled architecture, the quality of its restaurants and romantic night cruises down the River Seine.
But there is more to Paris than just the language of love. This place is also the capital of fashion, haute cuisine and is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Paris is full of galleries dripping with artistic masterpieces and streets filled with some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Anyone fancy a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or a walk along the Champs Elysées with its endless array of designer stores?
If you're looking to splash out on an original gift for someone special, then how does some personalised perfume sound? Take part in a perfume making workshop with L'ABC du PARFUM (1.5 hours and 75 euros) and you'll learn how to select the right notes to complement your chosen scent, as well as coming away with a 50ml bottle of your creation. For more information visit abcduparfum.fr.
If you've got kids, then let Paris be their playground at Les Berges sur Seine, a recently renovated pedestrianised zone on the Left Bank. Check the website to keep up to date with the many outdoor activities on offer, from city camping to willow-weaving workshops! lesberges.paris.fr
Les Siestes Electroniques invites contemporary musicians to scour the Quai Branly Museum's musical archives for rare pearls, before sharing them with the public as DJ sets during free open-air concerts in the museum's gardens. Take part on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26 July, plus 2 August. Online reservation required. les-siestes-electroniques.com
Half a century after his death, the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine is paying homage to Le Corbusier with Chandigarh : 50 ans après Le Corbusier, an exhibition dedicated to his large-scale urban project on Chandigarh. Until 29 February 2016, citechaillot.fr.
The Jacques Doucet-Yves Saint Laurent, Vivre pour l'Art exhibition offers a rare opportunity to discover the personal collections of the two celebrated nineteenth-century fashion designers and collectors. Works by the likes of Picasso, Mondrian and Warhol are displayed in a setting which strives to embody the spirit of their respective home exhibition spaces. Catch it until 14 Februray 2016 at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. For more information visit fondation-pb-ysl.net.
Picasso.mania places a collection of the artist's key pieces, some of which have never been seen by the public before, alongside works created in response to them by contemporary artists including David Hockney, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein. The result? An invitation to discover and contemplate Picasso's lasting impact on the the art world. Catch it at the Grand Palais until 29 February 2016. For more information visit grandpalais.fr.
The Fondation Cartier's Beauté Congo exhibition is a celebration of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's creative spirit. Discover works created between 1926 and 2015, from figurative painted representations of local fables, to politically charged commentaries on urban development, to the election of Obama. Until 10 January 2016, closed on Mondays. For more information visit fondation.cartier.com.
A European first, from 2 October Warhol's mysterious shadows' (102 silkscreened canvases inspired by photographs of shadows taken in his studio) will be presented in their entirety as part of the eagerly anticipated WARHOL Unlimited exhibition at Musée d'Art Moderne. Fans can also check out his screen test film portraits and his iconic cow wallpaper. For more information go to www.mam.paris.fr.
After taking Paris by storm with his much celebrated Monumenta exhibition at the Grand Palais back in 2011, Anish Kapoor is back for more. This time, the contemporary artist is set to totally transform the manicured gardens of the Château de Versailles for its annual contemporary art exhibition. Catch it until the 1st November. chateauversailles-spectacles.fr
If you fancy planning an apéritif with a twist, then ditch the red wine and head to Vodka Lab, Paris' first vodka cellar. Brothers Tomasz and Rafael will be more than happy to walk you through the weird and wonderful flavours on offer, from cucumber to caramel. Prices start at just 13 euros. 57 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011, tel: +33981472500. vodka-lab.com.
Le Siga-siga, aka the boutique sans argent (the shop without money) does exactly what it says on the tin. Visitors are invited to browse the eclectic collection of books, clothes and home decorations and take any object that catches their eye. Feel free to donate any unwanted items too. For more information visit laboutiquesansargent.org.
The Louxor, an art house cinema first inaugurated in 1921, is considered one of Paris's best spots for watching French festival films and Hollywood blockbusters (often shown in original language with French subtitles). After a stint as a gay disco in the 1980s and over two decades of closure, it reclaimed its original status as a palais du cinéma by reopening in April 2013, to the delight of the Parisians who fought hard to save it, with many of its original Egyptian art deco features restored. Arrive early to check out the third floor terrace bar for dreamy views of the nearby Sacré-Coeur. For more information visit cinemalouxor.fr.
Well dressed Parisians and expats spend entire afternoons in vintage boutique Chine Machine on rue des Martyrs, hanging out, listening to records and trying on the lovingly selected, one of a kind, designer pieces on offer. You'll find everything from iconic cat eye sunglasses to silk bomber jackets and classic Breton jumpers. For more information and opening hours go to www.chinemachinevintage.com.
Why not indulge in a spot of window-shopping at Chercheminippes, one of Paris's best-kept secrets. Its boutiques are full of classic and chic cut-price designer pieces, so you can take some of that quintessentially Parisian style home in your suitcase (102 109, 110, 111, 114 and 124 Rue du Cherche-midi, 75006, chercheminippes.fr).
Grab your broomstick and escape Paris with a trip to the Harry Potter exhibition at La Cité du Cinéma, Saint Denis. It ends on 6 September, so now is the time to check out hundreds of accessories and costumes from the movies (including Harry's glasses), throw a Quaffle on the Quidditch pitch and meet Buckbeak the Hippogriff in the Forbidden Forest. citeducinema.org